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GENEVA---Organisers of the 2022 World Cup
in Qatar have denied fresh allegations of wrong-
doing after a British newspaper report ques-
tioned the integrity of choosing the emirate as
The Sunday Times said a "senior FIFA insider"
had provided "hundreds of millions of emails,
accounts and other documents" detailing pay-
ments totalling $5 million that Qatari official
Mohamed bin Hammam allegedly gave football
officials to build support for the bid.
Bin Hammam was a member of FIFA s exec-
utive committee for 16 years and key power bro-
ker until being expelled in 2012 for financial cor-
ruption during his time as Asian Football
The Qatar 2022 organising committee s state-
ment yesterday stressed that Bin Hammam
"played no official or unofficial role in the bid
However, most FIFA executive committee vot-
ers in December 2010 were bin Hammam s long-
time colleagues. Among them, Ricardo Teixeira
of Brazil, Nicolas Leoz of Paraguay and FIFA
vice president Jack Warner of Trinidad and Toba-
go have since resigned while under investigation
"The Qatar 2022 Bid Committee always upheld
the highest standard of ethics and integrity in
its successful bid," the Qatari statement said,
adding "we vehemently deny all allegations of
wrongdoing. We will take whatever steps are
necessary to defend the integrity of Qatar s bid
and our lawyers are looking into this matter."
The Sunday Times alleged that bin Hammam
paid for cash gifts, hospitality and legal fees for
some FIFA colleagues, including Warner, and
dozens of African football leaders.
FIFA ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia has
received the new evidence to help his investi-
gation of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding
contests, the newspaper reported.
Garcia was scheduled to meet with Qatari bid
officials today in Oman.
"We are co-operating fully with Mr Garcia s
on-going investigation and remain totally con-
fident that any objective enquiry will conclude
we won the bid to host the 2022 FIFA World
Cup fairly," the Qatari statement said.
FIFA declined comment yesterday about the
reports, which revived calls for the 2022 World
Cup vote to be re-run. Qatar defeated the United
States in a final round after Australia, Japan and
South Korea were eliminated.
Instead, football s governing body suggested
in a statement to "please kindly contact the
office" of Garcia s law firm in New York City.
The law firm, Kirkland and Ellis, did not
respond immediately to requests for comment,
or to confirm Garcia s meetings with Qatar offi-
Garcia and his investigating team have been
travelling across the world meeting officials who
worked for the nine candidates ahead of the
December 2010 votes. Russia won the 2018 host-
FIFA board member Jim Boyce, who joined
in 2011 after Bin Hammam was initially sus-
pended, said yesterday that he could support a
re-vote if bribery could be proved.
"If Garcia s report comes up and his recom-
mendations are that wrongdoing happened for
that vote for the 2022 World Cup, I certainly as
a member of the executive committee would
have absolutely no problem whatsoever if the
recommendation was for a re-vote," Boyce told
the BBC s Sportsweek radio program.
Garcia is scheduled to submit his report to
FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert of Germany,
who can recommend sanctions.
Akaminko was left out of Ghana s
final World Cup squad yesterday
after being injured and stretchered
off in a tuneup game against the
Turkey-based Akaminko, Leices-
ter City defender Jeffrey Schlupp
and striker David Accam were cut
from the final group named by
coach Kwesi Appiah a day after the
1-0 loss to the Dutch in Rotterdam.
Captain Asamoah Gyan and mid-
fielder Sulley Muntari were included
to play at their third World Cup for
Ghana, which has qualified for the
last three showpieces and made the
quarterfinals four years ago in South
Africa. Michael Essien, Kevin-Prince
Boateng and Ayew brothers Andre
and Jordan also made the 23-man
Akaminko hurt his ankle late in
the game against losing 2010 World
Cup finalist the Netherlands and
was carried off. The 26-year-old
Eskisehirspor player will be sidelined
for three months, the Ghana Foot-
ball Association said.
Appiah s final squad contains 16
World Cup debutants, the associ-
ation said, mixing youth with the
experience of Gyan, AC Milan pair
Muntari and Essien, defender
Jonathan Mensah and Schalke s
Boateng, who was picked as a for-
ward. Midfielders Kwadwo
Asamoah and Emmanuel Agye-
mang-Badu, who play in Italy s Serie
A, will also go to the World Cup.
The Ghana squad now travels to
the United States for a final friendly
against South Korea on June 9.
Ghana plays the US, Germany and
Portugal in Group G at the World
Cup and opens against the Amer-
icans on June 16.
by offers after
Former Manchester United manager
David Moyes says he is being tempted
by one or two "very good offers" to re-
turn to football coaching, almost six
weeks after being fired by the Premier
Writing in British newspaper The
Sunday Times in his first media com-
ments since his departure, Moyes says
"another possibility is that I may
choose to have a break and enjoy
watching and observing football
throughout the world. What I do know
for sure is that I have moved on."
Moyes lasted just ten months as the
successor to Alex Ferguson before he
was fired in April, with United languish-
ing in seventh place in a dismal defense
of its league title.
The Scot says "it could well be that
gone are the days of long-term plan-
ning... It was unfortunate I wasn't given
more time to succeed."
Villa leaves Atletico
of MLS move
David Villa is leaving Atletico Madrid
after one season amid reports the
Spain striker will join Major League
Soccer's New York City FC.
Villa helped Atletico win its first
Spanish league title in 18 years and
reach only its second Champions
League final. Villa says he has received
"an offer I can't refuse" for next sea-
son, without revealing his destination.
Villa was reportedly in Manchester
to undergo a medical with the Ameri-
can team, adding "I'm very excited to
embark on this challenge. This is a very
important challenge in my career and
The 32-year-old Villa scored 13 goals
in 36 league appearances for Atletico
The former Barcelona and Valencia
striker is Spain's all-time leading scorer
heading into the World Cup in Brazil.
to miss WCup
Key Italy midfielder Riccardo Monto-
livo broke his left tibia during a friendly
with Ireland on Saturday and will miss
the World Cup.
Reading fullback Alex Pearce fouled
Montolivo in the ninth minute at Ful-
ham's Craven Cottage and Montolivo
was carried off on a stretcher.
"Montolivo has what we suspected,
a broken tibia," Italy physician Enrico
Castellacci said. "I haven't seen the X-
ray yet to evaluate the extent of it but
for a broken bone you can expect sur-
Montolivo was one of several players
to be injured on a night of warm-up
matches around the world, with Mex-
ico's Luis Montes also suffering a leg
break after scoring in a 3-1 win over
Mexico coach Miguel Hererra said
after the game that Montes broke both
his tibia and fibula.
Qatar denies wrongdoing
after newspaper allegation
Mohamed bin Hammam... allegedly gave football officials gifts to build support for Qatar bid.
Ghana defender Akaminko out World Cup
Goalkeepers: Fatau Dauda
(Orlando Pirates), Adam
Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars).
Defenders: Samuel Inkoom
(Platanias), Daniel Opare
(Porto), Harrison Afful
(Esperance), John Boye
(Rennes), Jonathan Mensah
(Evian), Rashid Sumaila
Midfielders: Michael Essien (AC
Milan), Sulley Muntari (AC
Milan), Rabiu Mohammed
(Kuban Krasnodar), Kwadwo
Asamoah (Juventus), Emmanuel
Afriyie Acquah (Parma),
Christian Atsu (Vitesse
Arnhem), Albert Adomah
(Middlesbrough), Andre Ayew
(Marseille), Wakaso Mubarak
Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Al
Ain), Kevin-Prince Boateng
(Schalke), Abdul Majeed Waris
(Valenciennes), Jordan Ayew
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